Mikeal Andrew Hardin, 60, better known as “Andy” of Sharpsburg, Georgia, passed away on Wednesday, March 16, 2022, in Atlanta. He was an amazing husband, father, brother, son and friend. Andy was born in Houston, Mississippi on Monday, August 28, 1961, the second of four boys born in five years to John Mike Hardin and Betty House Hardin. He and his brothers grew up in and around Calhoun City, Mississippi, hunting, fishing, working on the sweet potato farm and catfish ponds, racing cars, driving around the town square and helping count and sort garments at the family store. Andy was the negotiator and wingman to all three of his brothers.
After high school, Andy went on to graduate from Mississippi State University and further his formal education at Southern Mississippi University. Striving to fulfill his insatiable taste for manufacturing, logistics, distribution, ergonomics, movement and a never ending attitude of “I can do this better.” He was hooked. He began his career in Jackson, Mississippi at Siemens Energy and Automation as the distribution manager. After three years of wide open dedication, a headhunter came calling searching on behalf of one of the members of the Yamaha family who had been positioned in Newnan, Georgia to oversee the startup of Yamaha Motor Manufacturing of America. Yamaha needed a manager who could set up the distribution. Andy Hardin was their man.
Not long after moving to Georgia, he went back to Mississippi to marry a Mississippi Delta girl, Joy Fullen Hardin. They made Georgia their home for 32 ½ years, raising their son Max and thanking God for all of their blessings. Andy was a member of the Peachtree City Church of Christ. Andy is preceded in death by his brother Kelly Hardin.
Andy is survived by his wife Joy of Sharpsburg and his son Max Hardin of Athens, Georgia; his parents, John Mike and Betty Hardin of Calhoun City; his brothers Johnny Hardin (Teresa) of Jonesboro, Arkansas, Tony Hardin (Susan) of Calhoun City, his sister-in-law Ellen Hardin of Calhoun City; and six nephews and seven nieces.
In addition to the above he leaves his family from the Fullens in the Mississippi Delta. That includes Candy and Larry Davis and Bruce Fullen, three nieces and three nephews plus their spouses and 13 great nieces and nephews.
Services for Andy Hardin:
Friday, March 18, 2022 (EST)
Peachtree City Church of Christ
201 S. Peachtree Parkway
Peachtree City, Georgia
10:00 – 11:45 a.m. Visitation
12 Noon Celebration of Andy’s life
Saturday, March 19, 2022
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. (CST) Visitation
Ray Funeral Home
206 Bishop Road
2:00 p.m. Graveside Service
North Cleveland Cemetery
North Bayou Road
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested contributions be made to Walk4Water, Team Andy, a program of Healing Hands International that raises awareness and funds to build clean water wells for the millions of people in the world who walk an average of four miles a day for water. Donations can be made at www.hhi.org/walk4water/team/1725, or by sending your donation to Peachtree City Church of Christ with “W4W Team Andy” in the memo line; or to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org .